Gainesville Police Headquarters Set To Receive Extreme Makeover
Ty Pennington won't be there.
But it's still extreme home makeover time for Gainesville police as the city prepares to bulldoze the old police headquarters and build a nearly $11 million new facility.
The project was approved unanimously Thursday evening by the Gainesville City Commission.
The two-story, 40,000-square-foot structure is estimated to cost $10.9 million.
That cost includes the renovation of a 9,000-square-foot building -- the old Bread of The Mighty Food Bank facility -- set to be used as a training center.
Gainesville Police Cpt. Lonnie Smith said he's e-mails from police officers, thanking the city commission for committing to the project.
The old headquarters is expected to be razed this summer, with construction of the new building to begin in the fall.
A parking lot will be placed where the old headquarters is. New police headquarters will be built closer to the corner of Sixth Street and Northwest Eighth Avenue. It will be connected to the Gainesville Police Administration Building that currently sits off of Northwest Eighth Avenue.
The estimated move in date will be next year.
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